Prevention may be worth much more than pound of cure to tackle obesity trends

Obese person sits on a bench

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that utilized state-level data projects that by 2030 almost 50% of U.S. adults will be obese, with some states coming in higher than 50% and no state at a level below 35%. Harvard Pop Center faculty members Steven Gortmaker, PhD, and Sara Bleich, PhD, are among the authors of the study that adds weight to the importance of state-level public policies aimed at obesity prevention.

Other authors include lead author Zachary J. Ward, M.P.H., Angie L. Cradock, Sc.D., Jessica L. Barrett, M.P.H., Catherine M. Giles, M.P.H., Chasmine Flax, M.P.H., and Michael W. Long, Sc.D.

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